“We have what it takes to take what you have.”–Suggested IRS Motto
There’s an age old saying that there’s two things that are certain in this life – death and taxes. While that may be somewhat accurate, we certainly wouldn’t want the taxes to be the cause of death or even stress. Stress has been linked to weight gain, depression, heart disease and even accelerated aging! Thus, we have compiled some suggestions, tips, tricks, and overall positive energy from around the web to keep you smiling and stress free come April 15th.
First, here’s two handy stress preventing tips for the actual paperwork portion from Forbes:
File on time—and consider doing so electronically. You have until midnight on April 15 to file your return. If you’re filing by mail, your return is considered on time if it has an April 15 postmark. Many post offices are open until midnight on tax day to accommodate last-minute filers. A better option might be filing online. In the words of the IRS, e-file is the “safest, fastest and easiest” way to file your federal taxes, and most states and a growing number of municipalities also offer electronic filing. Depending on your income and the software you choose, you may be able to file for free.
File an extension if you need more time. Maybe you had a family emergency, were traveling, or just forgot to gather all the required information. Whatever your reason for needing more time to file your return, the IRS makes it fairly easy to apply for an automatic six-month extension. Simply fill out IRS Form 4868.
Haven’t had a chance to shop or grab any leafy greens lately? While cramming a year’s worth of paperwork into the evenings after work is incredibly time consuming, grab a bag of almonds or a fresh juice (without added sugars) from the gas station on your way home for a quick snack that won’t leave you wanting a nap afterwards. Crunch some numbers, not some chips. Also, try this super handy 15 minute dinner calculator from Real Simple!
Take a minute. Ok, five of them. The brain is a powerful thing but you have to make a moment to let it calm down for a second. Get yours feeling a little more sane with these 40 ways to relax in 5 minutes or less from the Greatist team.
Find a local route and go for a quick walk. Really. It increases brain activity and overall happiness like you wouldn’t believe! In fact, 20 minutes is all you need. “The first 20 minutes of moving around, if someone has been really sedentary, provide most of the health benefits. You get prolonged life, reduced disease risk – all of those things come in in the first 20 minutes of being active,” says New York Times bestseller, Gretchen Reynolds. Take a look over at Lifehacker:
Put in those headphones, fire up your MapMy app of choice, and let’s get everyone’s brain to all turn those fun colors! Do you have any other healthy methods you rely on in times of stress? Let us know what they are below. Happy taxing.